Maintaining safety and hygiene

Maintaining

Our integrated floor and wall systems perform exceptionally. And they'll carry on doing so for the lifetime of the installation if they're maintained and cleaned properly. 

Best practice within safe and hygienic environments

Altro wall cladding and flooring are popular because they're safe and durable. And to make sure they stay that way, it's important to clean them for the lifetime of their installation.

Cleaning for safety and hygiene

All safety flooring needs cleaning regularly so that it can perform to expected standards. There aren't any special techniques for cleaning Altro safety flooring – just following our cleaning guidelines on a regular basis. If you don't, dirt and/or chemicals can build up on the surface of the flooring and compromise hygiene and slip resistance.

 

Cleaning

Altro products are often used in environments where high standards of cleanliness are important, but hard to maintain due to constant use. So we designed our ranges to meet hygiene specifications while being as easy to clean as possible. We also offer some tips on the best cleaning methods for our products.

Consideration in healthcare, food preparation and transport

Altro products in healthcare, food preparation and transport Healthcare environments

Healthcare environments have complex cleaning requirements: cleaning standards are high, budgets are tight and most healthcare facilities are 24-hour. Cleaning has to be done around staff and patients, and cleaners are under pressure to clean thoroughly but quickly. Hazardous spillages are common and the control of infection must be kept in mind at all times. Floors and walls need to survive aggressive cleaning and regular disinfecting.

We designed Altro flooring and wall cladding systems to withstand these tough cleaning regimes – and because they're resistant to damage and chemicals, they're ideal for healthcare environments.

Food preparation environments and HACCP compliance

In areas where food is prepared, hazards include microbiological contamination, which can be transmitted through poorly maintained fittings. To maintain good hygiene, it's important to clean regularly and mop spills immediately.

Worldwide HACCP regulations state that wall and floor surfaces in food preparation areas need to meet specific requirements for hygiene and ease of cleaning. Our flooring and walling are HACCP approved, which means they're food-safe. Installing HACCP-approved products not only gives you peace of mind, it can also save time by helping keep inspections to a minimum.

Public transport

Trains and buses face a number of cleaning difficulties like stains from food, drink or bodily fluids; salt (from road gritting); grease and tar being trodden into the interiors; and stuck-on chewing gum. So it's important to clean frequently, and that complicated or difficult to reach areas are tackled head-on.

To make cleaning as easy as possible and improve hygiene, Altro safety flooring provides a robust, hardwearing surface that resists most stains, odors and chemicals. And, crucially for public transport, our safety flooring also has a very high resistance to impact, so there's little chance of damage that can trap dirt and bacteria.

Cleaning best practice

Cleaning up

Our flooring and walling systems are highly effective, and it's important to keep them that way through proper cleaning. The key elements of successful cleaning are:

  • using the right cleaning agent at the right concentration
  • applying the agent at the recommended temperature
  • allowing sufficient time for the cleaning agent to work
  • using friction to loosen dirt
  • ​rinsing thoroughly to remove dirty water and cleaning agent

Also, using too much cleaning solution can coat the floor, compromising slip resistance and providing a breeding ground for bacteria. And remember, dirty equipment, like an old mop, doesn't clean! It just spreads the dirt!

Safety floor cleaning guide
Smooth sheet floor cleaning guide
For specific product or sector cleaning and maintanence guides please visit our technical downloads page.

Tips for successful maintenance of Altro wall cladding

  1. Develop a regular cleaning program that's suitable for the usage and traffic of the area.
  2. Only use recommended cleaning liquids at the correct concentration, and don't mix cleaning chemicals together.
  3. Remove scuff marks and heavy soiling more regularly than the maintenance program.
  4. Never use abrasive pads or cleaners.
  5. Hot water lances can cause damage – use with care and never closer than 60cm, or above maximum temperature recommendations.

Tips for successful maintenance of Altro PVC flooring

  1. Develop a regular cleaning program that's suitable for the usage and traffic of the area.
  2. Use the correct dosage of recommended cleaning chemicals, and don't mix cleaning liquids.
  3. Always double check the suitability of cleaning agents for use on PVC floors, and don't use cleaner containing pine oil.
  4. Remove scuff marks regularly (to remove any rubber heel marks by abrasion, use the correct machine pad, or rub by hand using scouring powder).
  5. For areas that need renovating due to neglect or heavy soiling, contact Altro technical services to discuss.

Materials that stain PVC floors include:

  • Asphalt and bitumen materials
  • Cardboard/hardboard (wet)
  • Transfer of some fire treatments and maintenance materials used on carpets
  • Dyes from printed literature or packaging
  • Rubber-backed carpets and rubber mats
  • Rubber furniture rests and trolley wheels
  • Shoe soles made from staining materials
  • Heat degradation
  • Some chemicals used in cleaners e.g. pine oil
  • Poster paints and powder paints